The Battlefords North Stars dropped their first regulation game of the season this past week, as they lost 4-1 to Kindersley on Tuesday, but their 2-1 record insured their fall in the Canadian Junior Hockey League top-20 rankings was minimal.
On Monday, the North Stars showed up as the third-ranked team in the weekly national rankings.
Last week, they were ranked second, ahead of the lone other Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League representative, the Weyburn Red Wings, who were in 17th. This week, Weyburn fell to an honourable mention, meaning the North Stars are the only SJHL team in the rankings.
The North Stars record currently sits at 12-1-1, thanks to two straight shootout wins over Humboldt and Kindersley.
The Thief River Falls Norskies of the Superior International Junior Hockey League, who have yet to lose all season at 15-0, still hold down the top spot. The Carleton Place Canadians of the Central Canada Hockey League moved into the second spot in the nation from the fourth spot last week. The Canadians are 23-2-1 on the year and have won 14 straight games.
Battlefords' upcoming schedule sees them play just once this weekend, when they host the Red Wings on Saturday. Next week, the head out for their first extended road trip of the season, as they'll play four games on the road in five nights from Nov. 15-19.
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